Latest in Blu ray

Image credit:

Nielsen VideoScan High-Def market share for week ending March 2nd, 2008

Ben Drawbaugh

Once again this week, Home Media Magazine was nice enough to let us use its Nielsen VideoScan charts to witness Blu-ray regain the top spot -- despite the fact that for the second week in a row HD DVD had the better releases. So at the same time the DVD version of Beowulf outsold 30 Days of Night by almost 2:1, the Blu-ray 30 Days of Night bested Beowulf by almost 20-percent. Either way, from there the sales of HD DVDs really drop off, so much so that the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Crawford only sold 6.45-percent as many copies as Beowulf. To put this into perspective, when it debuted on Blu-ray it hit number two, but only made the top ten for two weeks. The real shocker this week is that classic animated movie, Justice League: The New Frontier hit number five its first week out. The other unusual appearance this week is from the studio Topics, with Over California. We expect next week to be HD DVD's last with over 20-percent share, when the last Paramount titles hit the street, but we supposed Atonement might be a hit for Universal later this month.

From around the web

ear iconeye icontext filevr